Health research at Medibank

1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019

Medibank recognises the direct and indirect benefits to patients, the health system, the economy and the community at large from investment in health and medical research. The Health Research at Medibank report highlights the work of Medibank’s Better Health Foundation to support better outcomes for Medibank customers and all Australians.

Health Research 2019: Foreword

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Health Research 2019: Introduction

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Chronic pain affects too many Australians to be ignored, and for the 2.2 million1 living with osteoarthritis, it can be a daily reality.

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Mental health

Mental health issues are on the rise in Australia2, and research shows young Australians are worst affected3.

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Low back pain

For many Australians, low back pain might seem like a normal and short-lived part of everyday life, but this ‘normal’ issue has a vast impact, accounting for 30% of all chronic pain in Australia4.

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Preventing and managing obesity

Australia might still enjoy the stereotype of a nation of fit and healthy people, but many are surprised to find that we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

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1Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019. Osteoarthritis. Cat. no. PHE 232. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 September 2019, https://www.

2Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (4326.0). Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.

3Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007 (4326.0). Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics.

4Henderson JV, Harrison CM, Britt HC, Bayram CF, Miller GC. Prevalence, causes, severity, impact, and management of chronic pain in Australian general practice patients. Pain Med 2013;14:1346-61.

  • Arthritis Australia
  • Austin Health
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation
  • Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA)
  • ANZCA Foundation
  • Australian & New Zealand Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Network (ANZMUSC)
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
  • Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Registry
  • Banksia Project
  • Beyond Blue
  • Consumer’s Health Forum
  • Deakin University
  • Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation Grattan Institute
  • La Trobe University
  • Monash University
    • Centre for Health Economics
    • Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal Australia (formerly MOVE, muscle bone & joint health)
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
  • Whitlam Orthopaedic Research Centre
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Melbourne
    • Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research
    • Centre for Health Exercise & Sports Medicine
    • Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
    • Faculty of Health Science
    • Kolling Institute for Bone and Joint Health
  • School of Psychology
  • University of Tasmania
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong

We wish to acknowledge the contribution of the Medibank Better Health Foundation (MBHF) Steering Committee:

  • Dr Linda Swan
  • Karen Oldaker
  • Dr Sue Abhary
  • Dr Stephen Bunker
  • Mary Nguyen
  • Sonia Dixon

MBHF Research Working Group members:

  • Dr Linda Swan
  • Dr Stephen Bunker
  • Dr Sue Abhary
  • Dr Anna Barker
  • Dr Catherine Keating
  • Olly Bridge
  • Rory Atchison
  • Sonia Dixon

While we hope you find this information helpful, please note that it is general in nature. It is not health advice, and is not tailored to meet your individual health needs. You should always consult a trusted health professional before making decisions about your health care. While we have prepared the information carefully, we can’t guarantee that it is accurate, complete or up-to-date. And while we may mention goods or services provided by others, we aren’t specifically endorsing them and can’t accept responsibility for them. For these reasons we are unable to accept responsibility for any loss that may be sustained from acting on this information (subject to applicable consumer guarantees).

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